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Multiple sources are reporting that Mississippi State defensive coordinator Zach Arnett flew to Baton Rouge Tuesday morning to interview with Ed Orgeron for the DC position on LSU's staff.

Ben Portnoy with The Dispatch was the first to report the news:
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The Dispatch learned Tuesday morning that Arnett boarded an LSU-chartered plane bound for Baton Rouge. A source with immediate knowledge of the situation told The Dispatch Arnett's involvement with the Tigers' vacant defensive coordinator job is currently "just a conversation," and that nothing had been signed as of Tuesday morning.

Arnett, who just completed his first season at MSU, received a three-year extension worth north of $1 million annually in December according to a separate source.

A former linebacker at New Mexico, Arnett instituted a 3-3-5 system at MSU this fall that helped the Bulldogs finish with the fifth best unit in the Southeastern Conference despite a massive overhaul that included opt outs and injuries. Most notably, the Bulldogs upset the then-No. 6 Tigers during Week 1 in Baton Rouge, the same day LSU honored its 2019 national championship team.
Portnoy reports that Arnett is also being mentioned for the defensive coordinator jobs at Texas and Oregon.

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Love how Saban hires former head coaches. Seems like a winning formula, but LSU? "Nope, we look for lightening in a bottle and needles in a haystack".
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Pelini was a former HC, no?
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Uh, we literally just fired a former head coach who was an utter failure...
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Not only has Pete Golding never been a head coach, he was never a DC at a big time program before Alabama.
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Who?
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Wtf?
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Remember tom herman lsu wanted look where he is hire inside the program for a dc that’s what saban does and every good program hire corey raymond has defense coordinator he done well with the dbs and the dbs like him so let’s give him a shot instead of bring in a 3-3-5 which doesn’t really work in the sec if it worked how come mississippi state gave up 30 points a game?
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Good god that’s one long, stupid sentence.
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stated what is true
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About the sentence being long and stupid, yes he did.
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This makes no sense. Might as well keep Pelini.
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why not hire corey raymond
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Explain how it makes no sense.
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Both run a similar system? If so then should have kept Bo for another year. Bo was turning the corner on defense. He could have been given another year if Orgeron planning to keep the same defense system.
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Yeah, this would not work out.
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I’m reluctantly starting to believe that 2019 was a unicorn season and it will never happen again at LSU in my lifetime.
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15-0 would be tough for any team to duplicate.
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Yep u definitely a Texas not Louisiana guy lol
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Do not want.
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These lateral moves make no sense to me granted this would be an upgrade with who we just fired
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I wouldn’t call a million-ish dollar raise “lateral”
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and where was Miss st defense ranked? is this O saying we got younger? this would not excite many people.
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Yes it would, have you been living under a rock?
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Only uninformed people think this would be a bad hire.
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Hes the guy that a bunch of people want on the coaching changes board. I like him He runs a defense that would fit our talent and it's better against the spread then 4-3..look how good he did at Mississippi state ,they were starting multiple walk ons
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I can name that tune in 2 notes: NO
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As long as it isn’t Pelini
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Just don't understand why we didn't hire Mason.
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He is at Auburn! Too late! Orgeron must have been too focus on his number one prize DC that got away!
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He is at Auburn! Too late! Orgeron must have been too focus on his number one prize DC that got away!
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He is at Auburn! Too late! Orgeron must have been too focus on his number one prize DC that got away!
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3-3-5 defense??????
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Just stop commenting if you dont know wtf you are talking about. Some of the. Comments are like children
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would be a very good hire
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According to Wikipedia, “ . . . Under him, San Diego State ranked 32nd in total defense in 2018 and 2nd in 2019, which was a 30-place gain from the year before” I’m not going to pretend like I know what I’m talking about, but that stat seems reassuring to me
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3-3-5 nope!!! See what happened to Ohio State running a 4-4 defense worked out last night.
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*Could* be a good hire. I believe the 3-3-5 he implemented at Miss St wasn't too far off of what Aranda liked to do on a lot of packages, and I believe it was mostly done to fit the talent they had on the team when he arrived. I think he could install either a 3-4 or 4-3 base if that's what Orgeron wants and the talent fits. The imortant part is that he took the approach of molding his scheme to maximize the roster. That's an important trait for successful coaches/coordinators coming into a situation where an overhaul is required. Not saying he's the guy ... just saying it might not be a bad hire if he does well in the interview process.
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